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Sony SEL 18200

18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens for Sony NEX-series cameras and camcorders

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Item #: 158SL18200
 

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by Dave Bar
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This compact 18-200mm lens lets you record bright, crisp still shots or vivid HD video with Sony NEX-series cameras and camcorders. Its versatile 11X zoom range lets you make the most of virtually any shooting situation. You can zoom in close to your subjects — that's especially helpful when you plan on capturing sports or dance recitals from way back in the stands. And use its wide-angle capabilities to take panoramic photos of the countryside or fit a large group of people into a single frame. This is one lens you can definitely leave on your cam all day for shooting whatever comes up.

Built-in technology minimizes blurry photos
Sony's Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization helps ensure your photos and videos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

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Highlights:

  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 27-300mm
  • compatible with Sony NEX-series digital cameras and camcorders
  • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization with Active mode for steadier handheld shots
  • quiet autofocus motor for cleaner sound recording
  • minimum focus distance: 12"
  • minimum aperture: f22 (at 18mm)/f40 (at 200mm)
  • seven rounded aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 67mm
  • lens is 3" in diameter and 4-1/8" long
  • weight: 18.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18-200mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 6.3 (T)
Weight 18.5 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom lens
  • 67mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH109 lens hood
  • Operating Instructions (En/Fr/Sp/+ 2 others)
  • Precautions Before Using (En/Fr/Sp + 9 others)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • About the Flash Extender (En/Fr/Sp + 9 others)

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Features

Optics: The Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-300mm, and a 78°-8° field of view for capturing close-up portraits and expansive landscapes. It also has a smooth and quiet Auto Focus operation.

Optical Steady Shot (OSS): This lens is compatible with the Optical SteadyShot Active Mode for shooting movies. This mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake than the standard SteadyShot mode. The NEX-VG10 NEX-series video camera has Optical SteadyShot Active Mode.

Lens Hood: The lens includes the ALC-SH109 Lens Hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality. The lens hood should be removed when using the camera's built-in flash to avoid blocking the flash light. You can store the lens hood by mounting it onto the lens backward.

Focusing: The lens can be used with the NEX-series cameras in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.97", Length=4.1" (without lens caps).

Specifications:

Lens E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3
35mm Equivalent 27-300mm
Angle of View 78°-8°
Minimum Focus 1'-1.64' (12"-19.68")
Filter Diameter 67mm
f-stop f/3.5 - f/5.6 maximum
f/22 - f/40 minimum
Weight 18.5 ounces
 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Zak Billmeier Staff Writer - Creative,

Nice do-it-all lens for Sony NEX

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 6/20/2013 8:50:00 AM

I've been using this lens on a NEX-6 and it's really grown on me. It gives you a huge zoom range, going from a moderately wide 27mm equivalent out to a nice & long 300mm. It's not a good indoor lens due to aperture restrictions, but outdoors it really shines.

I've used it mostly for video, as it can replace a bag of lenses outdoors. I like it particularly at the long end, because it lets you blur backgrounds nicely for head shots. But it's great for stills, too. I got some nice shots of pelicans the last time I went to the beach.

A lot of these all-in-one zooms sacrifice image quality for convenience, but I don't find that to be the case with this one. It's a great lens for Sony NEX, no matter what you like to shoot.

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5 out of 5

Great lens for a great camera

Written By Anonymous, Siloam Springs, AR on Sunday, March 27, 2011
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I love this camera system! This new lens will be the one I use most often, especially
when traveling. The need to lighten the load of gear is critical and this system is
ideal. The results are fantastic. The camera, with it's tilt screen, accepts lens
changes easily and provides the complete range of possibilities as an SLR without
the weight.
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5 out of 5

Sony 18-200

Written By kw, Roch, NY on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Awesome lens. 18-200, pretty much the only lens you really need for 90% of the
time. Clear crisp pictures at low light. Great for indoor sports pictures without
flash.
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4 out of 5

Sony SEL 18200

Written By HL, florida on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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I love love the lens. The photos are amazing. I have 3 lenses made for my nex5, and this one
takes the best photos hands down. Clarity is amazing. The only negative, and its a big one,
is the camera does not lay flat when placed on a surface. The lens is too wide.
I still love it though.
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5 out of 5

Sony SEL 18200

Written By rinker_32, Crawfordsville, IN on Monday, December 06, 2010
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Very nice lens. Smooth, tight action, excellent clarity, solidly built, optical steady shot
works fantastic and would recommend this lens to anyone who has an NEX. It will open
up a new window into your style of photography.
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